Former prisoner of war from Halifax celebrates 100th birthday

100th birthday - Stanley Siekierski.
100th birthday - Stanley Siekierski.
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A former prisoner of war who came to Calderdale when he was released from a concentration camp has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Stanley Siekierski, from Pye Nest in Halifax, was born in Poland in 1913 and grew up with four brothers and five sisters.

He served with the army during World War II but was captured by the Germans.

He spent two years living in a concentration camp and was taken out to work at various farms across Germany with his fellow prisoners.

When he was liberated at the end of the war, he travelled by boat to England and settled in Calderdale.

He got a job at textiles firm Atkinsons in Sowerby Bridge and spent the rest of his working life there.

His grand daughter, Ursula Stansfield, said Mr Siekierski has a good sense of humour and a mischievous steak.

She said he used to spend much of his free time helping out at the Polish club on Francis Street in Halifax.

“He’s led a very simple life, I think that’s his secret,” she added.

“He’s never had a driving licence and never driven. He’s never eaten frozen or processed food - it’s always fresh, and he’s never smoked.”